Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings Portage Mi Dentist

Cavities happen. When they do, our Portage, MI, dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the remaining area left behind. Dental fillings can also be used to repair cracked or broken teeth that have been worn down because of misuse, like grinding (bruxism).

At Courtside Dental, we only use composite resin fillings for our patients to ensure a natural looking smile.

What are Composite Resin Fillings?

Also known as tooth-colored fillings, composite resins are the low-key alternative to traditional metal amalgam fillings. In the past, it used to be that dental amalgam fillings were the only choice offered at most dental offices.

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Advances in restorative dentistry and patient preferences have caused composite resin fillings to soar in popularity thanks to their natural appearance. Instead of silver or gold metal signifying to everyone that you’ve had a cavity, composite fillings match the enamel color of your teeth.

Other benefits of composite fillings are:

  • They can be used on either front or back teeth thanks to their durability.
  • Unlike metal amalgam fillings, they do not contract or expand with temperature.
  • The risk of secondary cavities due to possible movement of fillings is greatly reduced.
  • A minimal amount of healthy tooth structure is removed during placement.

What to Expect for the Procedure

Like with any filling, our dentist will start by numbing your tooth with a local anesthetic. Once fully numbed, we will remove any decayed tooth structure with a dental drill. With the cavity gone, steps toward restoration can now be taken.

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Our dentist will then introduce the composite resin in layers. As each layer is applied, it will be light cured, or hardened, with a special dental-grade light device. With the material in place, our dentist will mold the resin so that it properly conforms to your tooth.

Please be aware that if the cavity in question is deemed too large for a filling, we will instead suggest a dental crown to repair the tooth.

Request an Appointment with Us

Don’t put off treatment for a dental cavity as it will only make the situation worse. Our experienced restorative dentist in Portage, MI, is dedicated to giving you a pain-free visit and one where you can feel relaxed throughout. Call Courtside Dental today at (269) 327-1011 to request an appointment or contact us online.